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Ryan Woodcock has joined property agents CPBigwood as technical coordinator.

A law graduate of the University of Aberystwyth, he was formerly a store supervisor for a leading outdoor clothes brand.

The work involved management of the unit and its employees, while also driving sales to improve the business.

He said: “I am very pleased to get this opportunity to develop my career in such a forward-thinking company.”

Mr Woodcock will be working within the Residential Service Charge department.

Technical manager Louise Fassnidge said: “Ryan is enthusiastic, hard-working and keen to progress. I am sure he will prove an asset to the business.”

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Corals is to open a new branch in Yardley in a deal put together by property agents CPBigwood.

Following lengthy negotiations, the bookmaker has taken a ten year lease on 148 & 150 Church Road.

The property was recently refurbished to a high standard – local occupiers include Greggs, Wetherspoons, Iceland and charity Acorn Children’s Hospice.

Rob Watts, part of CPBigwood’s commercial agency team, said: “It is in a prominent position and should suit Corals well.

“It lies within a busy parade of shops, in close proximity to the Swan Island, and nearby the Tesco Superstore there. It is promising that national operators such as Corals are seeking quality High Street premises such as this.”

As well as a strong footfall, the area also enjoys good transport links, being just off the A45 Coventry Road.

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Stuart Styles has joined the Birmingham office of CPBigwood as a property manager.

He has worked in the sector for a number of years having had a keen interest in the property industry from a young age.

Mr Styles achieved a BSc (Hons) Property Management Investment degree at the University of the West of England in Bristol.

He was a property manager in tenanted properties before relocating and working in residential service charge management for five years gaining considerable experience in the complexities of managing a variety of different developments across the Midlands.

He is an Associate of the Institute of Residential Property Management.

Mr Styles said: “As soon as I was aware of a position available at CPBigwood I naturally wanted to become part of a recognised, well respected and growing company thereby allowing me to continue and further progress in my career in the most effective way possible.”

Andrew Winstanley, associate partner – property management, said: “Stuart is an experienced operator and we are very pleased to have him on board.

“I am confident he will prove a significant asset for the business.”

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A new mini-market is coming to Solihull following a deal put together by property agents CPBigwood.

Hobs Moat Market will comprise a small market with various individual traders.

It follows the letting of a double fronted retail unit at 51-53 Hobs Moat Road, totalling 1,623 sq ft.

Steve Bott, a surveyor with CPBigwood’s commercial agency team, said: “It is in a prominent location helped by free service road parking.

“There are some big operators around the site such as Tesco, Dominos and Solihull Ice Rink which attract footfall.

“It is an ideal opportunity for entrepreneurial individuals.”

Hobs Moat Road links the A45 Coventry Road with the A41 Warwick Road, both main arterial routes into Birmingham.

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Major property sector figure Brian Bentley has joined CPBigwood as a partner in the commercial management department.

The move further bolsters the expansion of the firm which encompasses residential and commercial property, property management, auctions, surveying and estate agency.

CPBigwood partner Ian McPhillips said: “Brian has 25 years experience in commercial property, both for large corporates and also private practice.

“He has managed large portfolios and acted for big name clients. His list of contacts is second to none.

“We are very pleased to have him on board and I am sure he will prove a significant asset to our commercial management team.”

Mr Bentley was most recently a senior director of BNP Paribas Real Estate.

The work included managing the Sainsbury’s and Royal Mail portfolios and also business development.

Previously he had worked in the corporate sector having been regional property manager for Barclays Bank for a number of years. He was also head of strategic analysis for BDG McColl in London, working extensively with corporate occupiers, and helping to formulate property strategies with clients such as KPMG, BT and media companies J Walter Thompson and Ogilvy & Mather.

CPBigwood have a range of corporate and public sector clients including banks, local authorities, Goodyear Dunlop, BI Group as well as private individuals.

Mr Bentley said: “I have been watching the growth of CPBigwood with great interest.

“It has the right ethos – client service is hugely important, its staff know they are valued and it is a very much a team ethic.

“It is a proper business which really cares about performance, delivery and customer satisfaction. It is a company I admire and, when the opportunity came up, I decided to grab it. I hope I can leverage my connections and experience to the benefit of CPBigwood’s commercial management division.”

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CPBigwood’s new property manager Jenny Cousins is used to responding fast – good news for residents.

Because in her spare time she is a Red Cross volunteer.

Jenny has joined the firm’s London office to work alongside Rupy Jandu, senior property manager for London and the South East.

It is further evidence of how CPBigwood is building its presence in the capital.

Jenny began her career in the property sector in 2009 employed by a contractor working under the then Labour government’s Decent Homes Programme aimed at providing a minimum standard for the public sector, both council housing and housing associations.

After the project ended in 2011 she moved to registered social landlord Network Housing Group in the customer service, service charge and leasehold management departments, specialising in handling Section 106 developments and in the process working closely with a number of managing agents including Mainstay, Trinity Estates and Peverel.

She said: “I am really looking forward to dealing with a busy portfolio in London, with Rupy and I becoming ‘Team Fix-it’ as we solve the capital’s property problems!

“It is going to be very exciting.”

Exciting too is her Red Cross role where she is both an event first aider and emergency response volunteer.

She noted: “This has lead to me nearly bumping into Rita Ora and escorting a screaming woman in labour to A&E at midnight in the back of a police van. We also go out to properties that have been evacuated due to fire or are without power or water, bringing blankets, tea and coffee, baby food and the like.”

Ian Smallman, a CPBigwood partner in the firm’s property management department, said: “Jenny is certainly a bit of an action woman which is good news for our clients.

“We are thrilled she is on board and I think Rupy and her will prove a good team.”

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Jobs and training organisation EOS is to establish its new head office in Solihull.

With the help of property agents CPBigwood it is taking 3,766 sq ft of space at Cranmore Place on Cranmore Business Park.

Around 42 people will work there.

Conveniently located near Shirley and Solihull town centre, Cranmore Place is a 39,746 sq ft building which has been refurbished to a high standard.

Part of the Staffline group, EOS looks to get jobseekers into work, offering work experience, skills training, vocational qualifications and accreditation across a range of sectors.

It is the leading provider of the Work Programme across the West Midlands with specialist employment centresin Aston, Garretts Green, Kings Norton, Tipton, Brierley Hill and Wolverhampton . EOS works closely with the Department for Work and Pensions.

Steve Bott, part of CPBigwood’s commercial agency team, said: “We acted for EOS, working closely with them in identifying these new premises.

“EOS is committed to delivering first class services to return the longer term unemployed back into sustainable employment.

“They have a major commitment to the Midlands and we were very pleased to be able to help them with their property needs.”

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Louise Fassnidge has joined property agents CPBigwood as technical manager.

A member of the Institute of Residential Property Management and an associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, she joins from Mainstay Group where she spent 13 years.

Technical manager for the past seven, she specialises in asset management, complex budget structures, legal structures and developing client relations in particular in the London area.

A mother of two, she said: “I was impressed with the genuine interest CPBigwood show in their employees and how keen they were to have my skill set on board to enhance their property team and national role.

“CPBigwood is a forward thinking company, looking to expand and grow.

“I am excited to be part of an expanding portfolio and helping to build a company where everyone has the same vision and understanding of the property industry. Customer service is at the forefront of everything CPBigwood do and most of all I am looking forward to being a valued member of the team where my input and ideas are considered.”

Brett Williams, partner in the residential service charge department at CPBigwood, said: “Louise will be a significant asset and we are very pleased that she has joined.

“We have increased turnover, increased the number of offices, increased staffing levels and continue to drive business.”

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CPBigwood’s commitment to apprentices has paid off, with a regular stream of new talent being taken on.

Launched in autumn 2012 as something of an experiment, the project has proved a resounding success.

The two “guinea pigs”, Joseph Scully and Alison Scoble, completed their training and were both hired full-time.

Joseph, from Castle Bromwich, went into the general accounts team, assisting with sales ledger, purchase ledger and credit control operations. He is now a sales ledger/credit controller.

Alison, from Solihull, was placed in the credit control department. She is now a credit controller.

Since then, Jack Odell and Zafreen Merchant have taken the same path, property assistant and residential service charge accounts assistant respectively.

Managing partner Nigel Curry said: “We are thrilled with the way the scheme has worked out and the application and commitment from all the young people in the process of grabbing their opportunity.

“We were very keen to give those struggling to get on the employment ladder a chance. It is fair to say we were a little unsure how it might work out but it got our full commitment, was appraised along the way, and its success has been heart-warming for all of us.

“I must pay tribute to staff whose mentoring and encouragement of sometimes pretty raw recruits has been exemplary. But I must also praise the youngsters themselves for their determination and hard work. They are the future of the firm and proving a significant asset.”

Following in the footsteps of Joseph and Alison are apprentices Lee Breeze, credit control/ purchase ledger; Chantelle Wellington, credit control; Anthony Gordon, property management; Isabelle Clewer, residential service charge; Alexander Dickson, IT; and Danielle Walton, data entry clerk for training and compliance.

CPBigwood operates its apprenticeship scheme in partnership with Protocol Consultancy Services.

Award-winning Protocol has 15 staff and a team of part time consultants servicing 60 employers on its books, of which CPBigwood is now one of the biggest in terms of starters.

Indeed such has been the success of the relationship and the high regard in which the property agents are held, there is hot competition between the students to get picked up by the firm.

Jodie Johnson, accounts service manager, a leading mentor, said: “The link has worked well and I am confident many more will be taken on via this productive route.

“It has been lovely to see them find their feet, progress and achieve.”

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More staff at property agents CPBigwood have become exam winners.

Kerry Shugar and Matt Harris, from the firm’s residential service charge department, successfully passed Part 2 of the Institute of Residential Property Management exams.

The move also entitles them to call themselves Associates of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Kerry started her property career at Waterloo Housing but has worked for CPBigwood for the last seven years.

She currently manages a large portfolio covering the Birmingham and Solihull areas, stretching to Stourport-on-Severn. Her role involves all aspects of property management from site inspections to preparation of budgets.

Matt helps manage on a day to day basis approximately 1,100 units in a portfolio spanning the Midlands and down to Devon.

He has been with CPBigwood for nearly four years after experience with Phipps and Pritchard and Mainstay. And he also has good knowledge of the building trade having worked for Persimmon Homes and David Wilson Homes.

Karen Combellack, partner in the residential service charge department, said: “I congratulate Kerry and Matt – it is well deserved.

“CPBigwood is very focused on encouraging staff to expand their knowledge and gain qualifications. It is a strategy which is embraced by the team.”